How to Write Book Reports for Kids

A book report should summarize the book that you read.

Book reports are common assignments for students in elementary school through high school. A well-written book report lets your teacher know that you read the book and understand it. Reading comprehension skills are extremely important for school and for your career and life after school. If you follow some simple strategies, you will be able to create a book report that clearly communicates your thoughts and earns you a good grade.

Choose a book that interests you and fits your teacher's guidelines.

Take brief notes about important events and characters in the book as you read it.

Look over your notes once you are finished reading the book. This will help you to think about what you will write.

Write an introduction to your book report that gives basic details, such as the book's title and author. Make this section brief and interesting so that you catch your reader's interest. The introduction usually consists of one paragraph.

Write a summary of the book's plot. The summary should be at least one paragraph and maybe more, depending on what your teacher requires.

Include your opinion of the book if asked to do so. Give reasons to back up your opinion.

Write a conclusion to your book report. This section usually consists of one paragraph and briefly summarizes what you learned and whether you would recommend the book to other readers.

  • Be sure to follow your teacher's guidelines for your book report, as each teacher's requirements may vary.

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